from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Time long past, beyond memory or record. Also called time out of mind.
- n. Law Time antedating legal records.
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- n. Time that extends beyond memory or record.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a time antedating (legal) history, and beyond “legal memory” so called; formerly an indefinite time, but in 1276 this time was fixed by statute as the begining of the reign of Richard I. (1189). Proof of unbroken possession or use of any right since that date made it unnecessary to establish the original grant. In 1832 the plan of dating legal memory from a fixed time was abandoned and the principle substituted that rights which had been enjoyed for full twenty years (or as against the crown thirty years) should not be liable to impeachment merely by proving that they had not been enjoyed before.
- n. See under Immemorial.
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- n. the distant past beyond memory
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